Madame Bovary: The scandalous scenes | Books on Trial

“Upon publication, Flaubert was taken to court for “offenses against public morality and religion.” Critics took issue with what seemed like a sympathetic portrayal of the story’s adulteress, and the negative views of religion and clergy. A brilliant defense convinced the court that it was a tragic cautionary tale, and that only through vice one can learn about virtue. To this day, some scenes raise eyebrows: a cheating wife having sex with lovers in a forest, in hotel rooms and in a moving horse-drawn carriage with the curtains drawn!…”

Madame Bovary: The scandalous scenes | Books on Trial

Yes, Madame Bovary was considered a scandalous book back then…great article, take a look!

image by Albert Fourié, Madame Bovary, public domain

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